Breast Implants for Flat Chest

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Breast implants for flat chest require careful planning to avoid or at least minimize risk of unnatural contour and palpable rippling, which often affects the outer edges of the breasts.

Small-breasted women have little soft tissue coverage, so the use of silicone implants is highly ideal because they feel almost as soft as the real thing. Saline implants, meanwhile, are a bit firmer and more palpable because they are filled with sterile salt water.

To further achieve more natural results and feel, these patients should also choose a more conservative augmentation. The general rule of thumb is to use implants whose width, projection, and overall size reflect the underlying anatomies and measurements.

Most women use bra cup size to describe their goals, although it is not really an accurate measurement. Also, the implant dimension, which is measured in cubic centimeters, does not correlate with postop size.

But for the sake of giving one an idea of how cc works, she may look at these “rough” guidelines below.

  • 250-300 cc implants may result in C cup if the preoperative cup size is 32A.
  • 300-350 cc implants may result in C cup if the preoperative cup size is 34A.
  • 350-400 cc implants may result in C cup if the preoperative cup size is 36A
Aside from cc, another important aspect is the implant base, which should not go beyond the chest and breast measurement lest it will become visible and palpable around the edges of the breast.

To further avoid telltale signs of implants, placing them beneath the chest muscle can tremendously help as it acts like additional cover. This is particularly important in women with little soft tissue, and patients with a history of ptosis (drooping).

Most breast augmentation surgeons these days use 3D imaging technology, implant sizers, and photo gallery to help their patients make an informed decision and possibly preclude any unrealistic expectation. 
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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon